Flight test: Cessna’s stunt plane

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July 2013

The Cessna Aerobat makes an affordable entry to aerobatics and is a great all-rounder      

In the 1960s, Cessna took note of the growing popularity of aerobatics and responded with the A150K Aerobat, introduced in 1970. This was a version of its popular two-seat nosewheel trainer with some structural reinforcement, a four-point harness to keep pilot and instructor in place under negative g and a few other modifications.

Considering that it was all rather a compromise, the resulting airplane turned out surprisingly well. One inevitable drawback was the rather poor view out, particularly in a loop when you need to be able to see the horizon appearing overhead. Cessna did its best by installing roof windows.

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